A wrongful death suit has been filed against Freeburg Care Center by a former resident's estate.

Beryle Ethington, on behalf of Nellie Ethington, claims the care center violated the Nursing Home Act in that resident Ethington suffered malnutrition, dehydration, decubitus ulcers and sepsis prior to her death on Dec. 4, 2007.

The suit seeks in excess of $100,000 in damages, attorneys' fees and costs of the suit, according to the complaint filed March 2 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Ethington is represented by Terry N. Brown of Brown & Associates in Belleville.

The suit also names Dr. Deatrice Lumae Kellogg as a respondent in discovery.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 114

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